VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Chicago Blackhawks are certainly hoping Fernando Pisani recaptures some of the magic the winger had the last time he played in a postseason series.
After being a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Canucks on Wednesday night, Pisani is scheduled to return to the Hawks' lineup for Game 2 on Friday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The veteran will replace Tomas Kopecky, who is sidelined with an upper-body injury, and likely will skate on a line with Viktor Stalberg and Ryan Johnson.
Pisani, who signed with the Hawks as a free agent during the summer, last played in the postseason while as a member of the Oilers. During a run to the Stanley Cup finals, Pisani had an NHL-high 14 goals in 24 playoff games for Edmonton.
"You obviously get excited for playoffs," Pisani said. "It's a special time of year and everybody tries to raise their game; you have to. That's my hope and what I'm going to try to do as well."